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Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

Running podcast to motivate & help runners of every level run their best. Coach Claire Bartholic interviews athletes, coaches, scientists, psychologists, nutritionists, & everyday runners with inspiring stories.
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Aug 10, 2022

Running is a massive participation sport. About 50 million Americans (or 15 percent of the U.S. population) participate in some form of running, according to a 2020 report from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

Yet very few elite runners are true household names these days. Sure, there might be some stories that capture the world’s attention, usually around the Olympic Games, but overall there is a disconnect between running for yourself and being a true fan of the sport.

Our guest on today’s episode of the Run to the Top Podcast is out to change that. Chris Chavez is a writer for Sports Illustrated and is the founder of Citius Mag, a track and field media triumvirate of podcast, blog, and YouTube channel.

Chris’s mission with Citius Mag is to share and grow the passion for track and field into a thriving community. What’s even more interesting is that Citius Mag has grown from a way for Chris to report more on the sport, to becoming one of the leading media players in track and field. And he’s not even 30.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • why track and field is such a great spectator sport and why it falls short creating fans
  • how better storytelling and new ways to reach audiences is changing that, and
  • Coach Claire also asks him about his viral stunt last year racing Malcolm Gladwell, another literary track and field nerd, in the mile.

This was such a fun conversation and if you are not already a fan of track and field, this just might change your mind.

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This week’s show brought to you by:

LMNT

Maintaining healthy electrolyte levels will not only improve performance and endurance on the run, but can help with preventing headaches, maintaining a healthy weight, and help with recovery. 

That’s why we recommend all runners check out Element this summer. It's loaded with everything you need to replenish your electrolyte balance with 1000mg of sodium, 200mg of potassium, and 60mg of magnesium, and doesn't include anything you don't need like extra sugar or anything artificial.

Even better, they are currently running a special deal where you can get a free LMNT Sample Pack with any order. So, order your favorite flavor and get a free sample pack to try out new flavors or share with your running friends.  

To get this special offer and make sure you’re hydrating properly this summer, head over to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect.

BIO Pro +

As we get older our body slowly stops producing the natural hormones, HGH, responsible for muscle repair, growth and recovery. BioPro+ is a non-synthetic alternative to prescription HGH growth hormone treatments. It’s a natural way to replace the growth hormones you lose as you age. There’s no injecting, no prescriptions, and it’s all natural.

If you’d like to learn more, go to runnersconnect.net/bio. Read the science for yourself and see if it’s something you’d like to try. If so, use the code runnersconnect and you’ll also get $30 off.

Aug 3, 2022

What if I told you that there is something out there that can help you build lean muscle, boost endurance, reduce fatigue, help you perform better, help slow down the aging process, with virtually no downsides? Not only that, it’s something that is super cheap, safe, and has been rigorously studied for decades.

You’d probably say it’s too good to be true.

Well, it actually is true. It’s creatine. Yes, the supplement that bodybuilders have been taking forever to bulk up can also be incredibly beneficial to endurance athletes as well.

Now, you might be wondering how this can possibly be true. After all, most endurance athletes don’t want to grow Arnold Schwartzenegger muscles and tend not to have much in common with the gym bros trying to bulk up. But mention boosted endurance and reduction in soreness? Now we’re getting excited.

Coach Claire dives down the creatine rabbit hole with registered sports dietician Kelly Jones.

In this episode of the Run to the Top, you’ll learn:

  • what the benefits of creatine are for endurance athletes, and how to use it
  • what the myths and potential downsides are to creatine
  • and we’ll go over protein for runners in general from essential amino acids, branched chain amino acids, and more

If you’ve ever wondered if there was a cheap, safe, and effective way to boost your performance, this is the episode for you.

Download your FREE Guide Covering Questions & Misconceptions About Creatine Supplementation!

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This week’s show brought to you by:

LMNT

Maintaining healthy electrolyte levels will not only improve performance and endurance on the run, but can help with preventing headaches, maintaining a healthy weight, and help with recovery. 

That’s why we recommend all runners check out Element this summer. It's loaded with everything you need to replenish your electrolyte balance with 1000mg of sodium, 200mg of potassium, and 60mg of magnesium, and doesn't include anything you don't need like extra sugar or anything artificial.

Even better, they are currently running a special deal where you can get a free LMNT Sample Pack with any order. So, order your favorite flavor and get a free sample pack to try out new flavors or share with your running friends.  

To get this special offer and make sure you’re hydrating properly this summer, head over to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect.

BIO Pro +

As we get older our body slowly stops producing the natural hormones, HGH, responsible for muscle repair, growth and recovery. BioPro+ is a non-synthetic alternative to prescription HGH growth hormone treatments. It’s a natural way to replace the growth hormones you lose as you age. There’s no injecting, no prescriptions, and it’s all natural.

If you’d like to learn more, go to runnersconnect.net/bio. Read the science for yourself and see if it’s something you’d like to try. If so, use the code runnersconnect and you’ll also get $30 off.

Jul 27, 2022

Trail running can be intimidating to lots of people. What if you get lost, break your ankle, or see a snake? I’m not sure that you’re safer running in the city with weirdos and speeding BMWs, but I think it’s pretty normal to be intimidated by trail running if you’ve never done it before.

Anne (Wheatly) George is on the Run to the Top today to help us out. Anne has challenged herself with some of the toughest trails in the country. She has run Rim to Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon twice, including one trip all by herself. She’s run the iconic Nepali coastline in Hawaii solo, trekked her way to Everest base camp and run/hiked her way up half dome in Yosemite twice to name a few of her adventures. 

When she isn’t adventuring, she enjoys ultra trail racing. Anne has completed the Tunnel Hill 100 miler in 16 hours with a second place finish. She also earned second at the Bear 100 and took First place overall at Badwater Cape Fear 50.

In this episode we talk about:

  • the misconceptions about trail running,
  • how to stay safe and get better at it, and
  • how to train and fuel your next adventure

If you’ve ever wanted to try trail running or if you already love it and want to get inspired, this is the show for you.

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This week’s show brought to you by:

LMNT

Maintaining healthy electrolyte levels will not only improve performance and endurance on the run, but can help with preventing headaches, maintaining a healthy weight, and help with recovery. 

That’s why we recommend all runners check out Element this summer. It's loaded with everything you need to replenish your electrolyte balance with 1000mg of sodium, 200mg of potassium, and 60mg of magnesium, and doesn't include anything you don't need like extra sugar or anything artificial.

Even better, they are currently running a special deal where you can get a free LMNT Sample Pack with any order. So, order your favorite flavor and get a free sample pack to try out new flavors or share with your running friends.  

To get this special offer and make sure you’re hydrating properly this summer, head over to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect.

Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

Supplementing with magnesium before you go to bed has been shown in scientific studies to…

  • Increase in muscle oxygenation during high intensity exercise
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Significantly improve sleep quality
  • Improve aerobic exercise capacity when training.

When you’re looking for a magnesium supplement, make sure you take one that is organic and has all 7 unique forms of magnesium. 

Our recommendation is Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers because it’s made with the highest quality, organic magnesium and contains all 7 critical forms. Most other magnesium supplements are synthetic and only contain one or two forms of magnesium, which is simply not enough.

For an exclusive offer for Run to the Top  listeners go to magbreakthrough.com/runtothetop  to save up to 42% 

Jul 20, 2022

It’s the middle of summer and for fall marathoners, it’s time to get into your marathon build up.

On today’s Run to the Top Podcast, I’m going to go over exactly what you should be doing for the next 12-14 weeks, week by week, to get ready for your best marathon yet.

I’ll go over what your training should look like each week with modifications for first time marathoners and for advanced runners.

You’ll learn:

  • how to plan your training to build your running up safely and effectively
  • how to incorporate down weeks and combo long runs
  • when to best schedule tune up races, and I’ll explain
  • some of my favorite marathon workouts right when you need them

You’re probably going to want to download this episode and re-listen to this a few times during your marathon build so be sure to mark this episode one of your favorites.

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This week’s show brought to you by:

MassZymes from BiOptimizers 

Digestive enzymes are naturally occurring proteins that your body makes to help break down food and aid digestion.  

Since we know stomach issues are such a prevalent issue for runners, we asked our friends at BiOptimizers to hook you up so you could try digestive enzymes with no risk to see if they can work for you.  

Right now you can get a bottle of MassZymes for FREE. All you need to do is pay a small shipping fee and there’s no catch.  

There’s no tricks, no forced continuity, nothing to cancel. 

MassZymes is a 17-enzyme full-spectrum formula that contains all of the key enzymes needed for optimal digestion. 

It also contains AstraZyme which is an all-natural, plant-derived compound that boosts amino acid absorption by 30-60 percent. 

If you’re a runner who constantly struggles with a sensitive stomach during runs or often has gas, bloating or cramps after hard workouts, despite eating healthy, nutritious foods then digestive enzymes could be the solution. 

Go to masszymes.com/runtothetopfree . You will automatically get access to your unique coupon code to claim your free bottle. Limit one per household.  

Offer is valid while supplies last. If you struggle with stomach issues, this could be a game changer.

TANRI

Tanri offers all-natural traditional suncreens, SPF 30 mineral sunscreen, SPF 15 lip balm, an SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer, and an After-Sun Restorative Moisturizer made for runners, by runners. 

Unlike most chemical sunscreens, Tanri uses Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which protect from both types of UV rays. Plus, they use all-natural Ingredients that are better for you and the environment. And, the most important part for runners – it goes on smooth and won’t burn your eyes during a heavy, sweaty workout because of the natural ingredients. 

Don’t be that runner that acts too late when it comes to taking care of your skin. If you’ve tried regular sunscreen in the past, but hated the slimy feel or how it got in your eyes, you’ll love how Tanri has fixed all those issues for runners. 

 If you want to give Tanri a try, head over to Tanri.com and use the code RTTT to get 10% your entire purchase. 

Jul 13, 2022

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 25% of Americans have experienced back pain in the last three months. Up to 80% of all adults have felt it at some point in their lifetime. There are lots of reasons for this and most of them stem from leading a sedentary lifestyle.

But you’re a runner. You’re not sedentary. So why are you getting a pain in the back when you run?

We invited physical therapist Dr Lauren LaPierre, The Personalized Running Doc, on the Run to the Top to take a deep dive into back pain in runners.  We go over:

  • The most common reasons runners get back pain,
  • what we can do about it, and
  • how we can make sure that we get back to running safely

Lower back pain before, during and after a run is sadly a fairly common issue and if you’ve ever felt it or if you want to avoid ever feeling it in the future, this is the episode for you.

Download your FREE Low Back Mobility Strength Circuit Guide now!

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This week’s show brought to you by:

TANRI

Tanri offers all-natural traditional suncreens, SPF 30 mineral sunscreen, SPF 15 lip balm, an SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer, and an After-Sun Restorative Moisturizer made for runners, by runners. 

Unlike most chemical sunscreens, Tanri uses Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which protect from both types of UV rays. Plus, they use all-natural Ingredients that are better for you and the environment. And, the most important part for runners – it goes on smooth and won’t burn your eyes during a heavy, sweaty workout because of the natural ingredients. 

Don’t be that runner that acts too late when it comes to taking care of your skin. If you’ve tried regular sunscreen in the past, but hated the slimy feel or how it got in your eyes, you’ll love how Tanri has fixed all those issues for runners. 

If you want to give Tanri a try, head over to Tanri.com and use the code RTTT to get 10% your entire purchase. 

LMNT

Maintaining healthy electrolyte levels will not only improve performance and endurance on the run, but can help with preventing headaches, maintaining a healthy weight, and help with recovery. 

That’s why we recommend all runners check out Element this summer. It's loaded with everything you need to replenish your electrolyte balance with 1000mg of sodium, 200mg of potassium, and 60mg of magnesium, and doesn't include anything you don't need like extra sugar or anything artificial.

Even better, they are currently running a special deal where you can get a free LMNT Sample Pack with any order. So, order your favorite flavor and get a free sample pack to try out new flavors or share with your running friends.  

To get this special offer and make sure you’re hydrating properly this summer, head over to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect.

Jul 6, 2022

To be a serious athlete, it’s pretty much a given that you need to be, well, serious. Serious about your training, what you eat, how you recover. You need to choose your races wisely. You need to say no to things that might be a lot of fun, but don’t align with your bigger goals.

Or do you?

Shawanna White is definitely a serious runner, but she is clearly having way more fun than the rest of us. (Okay, speaking for myself here). She manages to consistently run sub-3 marathons, despite being past age 40, despite racing lots and lots of other races, and despite having lots of fun along the way.

In this episode of the Run to the Top, you’ll learn:

  • how to train and race a lot when you have a full time job
  • why running with friends is so powerful
  • how you can keep running well as a master with a few changes

So if you are also a runner who takes yourself too seriously or if you are one that just loves to have fun, Shawanna White is definitely an inspiration.

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This week’s show brought to you by:

Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

Supplementing with magnesium before you go to bed has been shown in scientific studies to…

  • Increase in muscle oxygenation during high intensity exercise
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Significantly improve sleep quality
  • Improve aerobic exercise capacity when training.

When you’re looking for a magnesium supplement, make sure you take one that is organic and has all 7 unique forms of magnesium. 

Our recommendation is Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers because it’s made with the highest quality, organic magnesium and contains all 7 critical forms. Most other magnesium supplements are synthetic and only contain one or two forms of magnesium, which is simply not enough.

For an exclusive offer for Run to the Top  listeners go to magbreakthrough.com/runtothetop  to save up to 42% 

Heal from the Amino Company

Heal is an amino acid, whey and creatine based formulation designed to reduce recovery times and improve physical function after injuries by accelerating muscle repair while helping maintain a healthy inflammatory response. Check out the research here: https://aminoco.com/rttt 

Heal does contain whey, so it’s not made for vegans, but if you're not vegan and looking for a nutritional advantage when it comes to recovering from your running injury or your daily training, Coach Jeff highly recommends you give Heal a try. 

If you’re interested in learning  more and giving Heal a try, we’ve got a special offer for you where you can save 30% by using the code RC30. Just head to: https://aminoco.com/rttt and use the code RC30 at checkout to save 30% 

Jun 29, 2022

Plantar fasciitis sidelines countless numbers of runners each year, with a stabbing pain in every step.

The good news is there is treatment and prevention which can make your feet less susceptible to this debilitating injury. And the best protocols might not be what you think they are.

The Plantar Fasciitis Doctor, Dr Angela Walk, joins Coach Claire to explain more. Yes, that’s really her last name and she’s a chiropractic physician specializing in foot and gait analysis and plantar fasciitis from Nashville, TN.

They talk about:

  • why this injury happens so often in runners
  • what we can do to prevent and treat it, and most importantly
  • exactly when we can get back to running again.

So if you’ve ever suffered from this awful injury or if you would like to avoid it in the first place, this is a must-listen.

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www.drangelawalk.com 20% off entire store with free shipping. This includes foot health products such as pain creams, therapy products, as well as CBD products. Use code: RUNTOTHETOP at check out.

Dr. Angela’s FREE GUIDE to resolve plantar fasciitis at home. It's a complete roadmap to rehab your feet! www.theplantarfasciitisguide.com

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This week’s show brought to you by:

MassZymes from BiOptimizers 

Digestive enzymes are naturally occurring proteins that your body makes to help break down food and aid digestion.  

Since we know stomach issues are such a prevalent issue for runners, we asked our friends at BiOptimizers to hook you up so you could try digestive enzymes with no risk to see if they can work for you.  

Right now you can get a bottle of MassZymes for FREE. All you need to do is pay a small shipping fee and there’s no catch.  

There’s no tricks, no forced continuity, nothing to cancel. 

MassZymes is a 17-enzyme full-spectrum formula that contains all of the key enzymes needed for optimal digestion. 

It also contains AstraZyme which is an all-natural, plant-derived compound that boosts amino acid absorption by 30-60 percent. 

Go to masszymes.com/runtothetopfree . You will automatically get access to your unique coupon code to claim your free bottle. Limit one per household.  

Offer is valid while supplies last. If you struggle with stomach issues, this could be a game changer.

LMNT

Maintaining healthy electrolyte levels will not only improve performance and endurance on the run, but can help with preventing headaches, maintaining a healthy weight, and help with recovery. 

That’s why we recommend all runners check out Element this summer. It's loaded with everything you need to replenish your electrolyte balance with 1000mg of sodium, 200mg of potassium, and 60mg of magnesium, and doesn't include anything you don't need like extra sugar or anything artificial.

Even better, they are currently running a special deal where you can get a free LMNT Sample Pack with any order. So, order your favorite flavor and get a free sample pack to try out new flavors or share with your running friends.  

To get this special offer and make sure you’re hydrating properly this summer, head over to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect.

Jun 22, 2022

Our bodies are amazing and they are surprisingly individual. One person could eat loaves of Wonder Bread with negligible effects to blood sugar while another person’s levels would skyrocket. Science doesn’t quite understand why there are such dramatic differences, but we know that they are there.

So what does this mean for the average athlete? How does our fueling and overall nutrition need to change to work with our own unique metabolism?

These are the questions that Wade Lightheart is on a mission to answer. You’ll learn:

  • Why standard nutrition advice for runners is flawed
  • How to figure out what your unique body needs and
  • How testing and data collection can help

If you are looking to optimize your nutrition scientifically, this is the episode for you.

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This week’s show brought to you by:

MassZymes from BiOptimizers 

Digestive enzymes are naturally occurring proteins that your body makes to help break down food and aid digestion.  

Since we know stomach issues are such a prevalent issue for runners, we asked our friends at BiOptimizers to hook you up so you could try digestive enzymes with no risk to see if they can work for you.  

Right now you can get a bottle of MassZymes for FREE. All you need to do is pay a small shipping fee and there’s no catch.  

There’s no tricks, no forced continuity, nothing to cancel. 

MassZymes is a 17-enzyme full-spectrum formula that contains all of the key enzymes needed for optimal digestion. 

It also contains AstraZyme which is an all-natural, plant-derived compound that boosts amino acid absorption by 30-60 percent. 

Go to masszymes.com/runtothetopfree . You will automatically get access to your unique coupon code to claim your free bottle. Limit one per household.  

Offer is valid while supplies last. If you struggle with stomach issues, this could be a game changer.

Perform from the Amino Company

Perform is an amino acid based formulation that I simply add to my water bottle during my run. It tastes great and is easy on my stomach.

Clinical studies have shown that Perform helps improve endurance, reduce fatigue, and increases muscle protein synthesis so you recover faster after the run. Check out the research here: https://aminoco.com/rttt

If you’re interested in learning  more and giving Perform a try, we’ve got a special offer for you where you can save 30% by using the code RC30. Just head to: https://aminoco.com/rttt and use the code RC30 at checkout to save 30%

Jun 15, 2022

There are not many ultrarunners who have run farther than Robbie Balenger. Robbie’s been making headlines for the past few years with his massive athletic feats. Just this past spring, Robbie decided to see if he could run longer than a Tesla could on a single charge along a Texas highway. Three days and 242 miles later, man beat machine.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Robbie fuels his amazingly long runs
  • What training you need to run your first ultra, and
  • How to mentally get through extreme challenges and stay on your feet

If you’re an ultrarunner, want to become one, or are just fascinated by them, this is an incredible listen!

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This week’s show brought to you by:

LMNT

Maintaining healthy electrolyte levels will not only improve performance and endurance on the run, but can help with preventing headaches, maintaining a healthy weight, and help with recovery. 

That’s why we recommend all runners check out Element this summer. It's loaded with everything you need to replenish your electrolyte balance with 1000mg of sodium, 200mg of potassium, and 60mg of magnesium, and doesn't include anything you don't need like extra sugar or anything artificial.

Even better, they are currently running a special deal where you can get a free LMNT Sample Pack with any order. So, order your favorite flavor and get a free sample pack to try out new flavors or share with your running friends.  

To get this special offer and make sure you’re hydrating properly this summer, head over to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect.

Heal from the Amino Company 

Heal is an amino acid, whey and creatine based formulation designed to reduce recovery times and improve physical function after injuries by accelerating muscle repair while helping maintain a healthy inflammatory response. Check out the research here: https://aminoco.com/rttt 

Heal does contain whey, so it’s not made for vegans, but if you're not vegan and looking for a nutritional advantage when it comes to recovering from your running injury or your daily training Coach Jeff highly recommends you give Heal a try. 

If you’re interested in learning  more and giving Heal a try, we’ve got a special offer for you where you can save 30% by using the code RC30. Just head to: https://aminoco.com/rttt and use the code RC30 at checkout to save 30% 

Jun 8, 2022

Fueling your running is not as simple as eating when you are hungry or not eating when you are not hungry. Registered Dietician Cortney Berling of EatWellRunBetter.com explains how to actually eat for running performance or weight loss.

We talk about:

  • when you absolutely should NOT listen to your body as a runner and what to do instead 
  • the differences in nutrition when you are running to lose weight and when you are fueling for performance, and
  • why your super healthy, whole foods diet might actually be sabotaging your speed and endurance.

If you want to get the most out of your running, great nutrition is key! Learn how to maximize yours.

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This week’s show brought to you by:

MassZymes from BiOptimizers 

Digestive enzymes are naturally occurring proteins that your body makes to help break down food and aid digestion.  

Since we know stomach issues are such a prevalent issue for runners, we asked our friends at BiOptimizers to hook you up so you could try digestive enzymes with no risk to see if they can work for you.  

Right now you can get a bottle of MassZymes for FREE. All you need to do is pay a small shipping fee and there’s no catch.  

There’s no tricks, no forced continuity, nothing to cancel. 

MassZymes is a 17-enzyme full-spectrum formula that contains all of the key enzymes needed for optimal digestion. 

It also contains AstraZyme which is an all-natural, plant-derived compound that boosts amino acid absorption by 30-60 percent. 

Go to masszymes.com/runtothetopfree . You will automatically get access to your unique coupon code to claim your free bottle. Limit one per household.  

Offer is valid while supplies last. If you struggle with stomach issues, this could be a game changer.

Perform from the Amino Company

Perform is an amino acid based formulation that I simply add to my water bottle during my run. It tastes great and is easy on my stomach.

Clinical studies have shown that Perform helps improve endurance, reduce fatigue, and increases muscle protein synthesis so you recover faster after the run. Check out the research here: https://aminoco.com/rttt

If you’re interested in learning more and giving Perform a try, we’ve got a special offer for you where you can save 30% by using the code RC30. Just head to: https://aminoco.com/rttt and use the code RC30 at checkout to save 30%

Jun 1, 2022

If you have a busy life outside of running, and let’s face it, we all do, this can be a real challenge. And let me tell you a little secret--all that time might actually be unnecessary!

On today’s Run to the Top, Coach Claire reveals some great ways to better fit your training into your busy life. She goes over:

  • Exactly how much time you need to invest in training for endurance races from the 5k to the marathon
  • How to maximize your training into less overall time, and
  • How to organize your schedule so you can train better without wrecking the rest of your life

If you’re ready to jump into a new distance or if you are feeling overwhelmed with your current schedule, this is the info you need to maximize your miles!

Need help converting your race times to your optimal easy and long run pace? Download your FREE Long Run and Aerobic Pacing Calculator now!

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This week’s show brought to you by:

MassZymes from BiOptimizers 

Digestive enzymes are naturally occurring proteins that your body makes to help break down food and aid digestion.  

Since we know stomach issues are such a prevalent issue for runners, we asked our friends at BiOptimizers to hook you up so you could try digestive enzymes with no risk to see if they can work for you.  

Right now you can get a bottle of MassZymes for FREE. All you need to do is pay a small shipping fee and there’s no catch.  

There’s no tricks, no forced continuity, nothing to cancel. 

MassZymes is a 17-enzyme full-spectrum formula that contains all of the key enzymes needed for optimal digestion. 

It also contains AstraZyme which is an all-natural, plant-derived compound that boosts amino acid absorption by 30-60 percent. 

Go to masszymes.com/runtothetopfree . You will automatically get access to your unique coupon code to claim your free bottle. Limit one per household.  

Offer is valid while supplies last. If you struggle with stomach issues, this could be a game changer.

LMNT

Maintaining healthy electrolyte levels will not only improve performance and endurance on the run, but can help with preventing headaches, maintaining a healthy weight, and help with recovery. 

That’s why we recommend all runners check out Element this summer. It's loaded with everything you need to replenish your electrolyte balance with 1000mg of sodium, 200mg of potassium, and 60mg of magnesium, and doesn't include anything you don't need like extra sugar or anything artificial.

Even better, they are currently running a special deal where you can get a free LMNT Sample Pack with any order. So, order your favorite flavor and get a free sample pack to try out new flavors or share with your running friends.  

To get this special offer and make sure you’re hydrating properly this summer, head over to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect.

May 25, 2022

Getting older doesn’t mean getting slower, as long as you make critical changes to your training and how you fuel.

Dr Stacy Sims, the revolutionary exercise and nutrition scientist who wrote Roar unlocks what female athletes need to do before, during and after menopause to thrive. Her newest book, Next Level, smashes the stereotypes of female aging and menopause and outlines exactly what female athletes need to get faster and stronger (and look amazing!).

You’ll learn:

  • what is happening in our bodies starting in our mid-forties that prevents us from responding to training like younger athletes
  • wow to shift your training to create the metabolic and training responses we want, and
  • what to do besides running to boost power, strength, and performance

This is a can’t-miss episode for all female athletes that the men can learn from too!

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This week’s show brought to you by:

Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

Supplementing with magnesium before you go to bed has been shown in scientific studies to…

  • Increase in muscle oxygenation during high intensity exercise
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Significantly improve sleep quality
  • Improve aerobic exercise capacity when training.

When you’re looking for a magnesium supplement, make sure you take one that is organic and has all 7 unique forms of magnesium. 

My recommendation is Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers because it’s made with the highest quality, organic magnesium and contains all 7 critical forms. Most other magnesium supplements are synthetic and only contain one or two forms of magnesium, which is simply not enough.

For an exclusive offer go to magbreakthrough.com/runtothetop and use code run10 to save 10% when you try Magnesium Breakthrough. Plus, they offer a full refund up to one year after your purchase, no questions asked.

MetPro

This podcast is brought to you by MetPro, world-renowned concierge nutrition, fitness & lifestyle coaching company. 

Using Metabolic Profiling, MetPro team of experts analyzes your metabolism and provides an individualized approach to obtaining your goals. 

MetPro analyzes your individual metabolism to get a baseline to see exactly how your body is responding against a very specific set of variables. This means no cookie-cutter diets or formulas.

Your MetPro coach then works with you to consistently make adjustments based on your metabolic data as well as how your plan fits your lifestyle. MetPro’s coaches are not only educated experts in their field, but they’re empathetic that people have demanding schedules and often stressful lives. They will work one-on-one with you to identify the best nutrition and fitness strategy that is going to work for your personal goals and lifestyle needs.

Run to the Top listeners receive a complimentary Metabolic Profiling assessment and a 30-minute consultation with a MetPro expert. To claim this offer head to metpro.co/rttt

May 18, 2022

Do you ever feel like you are missing out on key training elements that could actually help you get faster and stronger? If you are stuck in a plateau or a cycle of injury, there are some changes that can help.

Eoin Everard is a physiotherapist with a PhD in Biomechanics who studies what makes runners faster and stronger. He’s the founder of everardpilates.com. and he certainly has discovered what works on himself. Eoin has won 5 national senior running titles, has represented Ireland on the international stage from 800m to 10k Cross Country. He is a sub 4 minute miler and ran sub 14 minutes for 5k just last year. Finally, he is the current indoor 3000m European O35 champion.

And besides all of that, Eoin is utterly delightful to talk to. We went a little longer than usual with this conversation, because there is just so much good stuff!

You’ll learn:

  • Eoin’s 3 minute drill to add on to a run to get more power,
  • why you should not bother to fix your form on the run, and 
  • why static stretching is not as evil as you might think it is for runners.

This is an amazing conversation that I promise you’ll learn a lot from. And if that’s not enough, Eoin is giving all of the Run to the Top listeners a free download of his super helpful ebook for runners called  "Get to the line in the best shape possible."  

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MetPro

This podcast is brought to you by MetPro, world-renowned concierge nutrition, fitness & lifestyle coaching company. 

Using Metabolic Profiling, MetPro team of experts analyzes your metabolism and provides an individualized approach to obtaining your goals. 

MetPro analyzes your individual metabolism to get a baseline to see exactly how your body is responding against a very specific set of variables. This means no cookie-cutter diets or formulas.

Your MetPro coach then works with you to consistently make adjustments based on your metabolic data as well as how your plan fits your lifestyle. MetPro’s coaches are not only educated experts in their field, but they’re empathetic that people have demanding schedules and often stressful lives. They will work one-on-one with you to identify the best nutrition and fitness strategy that is going to work for your personal goals and lifestyle needs.

Run to the Top listeners receive a complimentary Metabolic Profiling assessment and a 30-minute consultation with a MetPro expert. To claim this offer head to metpro.co/rttt

LMNT

When coaching endurance runners of all levels to be their best, I always emphasize the need for proper hydration with the right balance of electrolytes. Most athletes I’ve coached are surprised to learn that their sodium needs are actually much higher than they expected and it’s been hurting their performance. 

Part of the reason athletes need much more sodium than they think is not just because they lose electrolytes through their sweat, but also because athletes tend to eat very healthy diets. They’ve been told that salt is a bad thing in food and frequently don’t get enough for their lifestyle. 

Much of the science of sodium is based on people who eat highly processed diets which also are very low in potassium. It could actually be the low potassium levels causing the issues that sodium has been blamed for! 

What is clear is that both sodium and potassium at the proper levels are essential for high performance (and for life in general!). 

That's why we partnered with LMNT to offer a free sample pack of their electrolyte mix.

Head to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect to get yours now. The Sample Pack includes 8 packets of LMNT (2 citrus, 2 raspberry, 2 orange, and 2 raw unflavored).

May 11, 2022

Running can be intimidating to a lot of people. But jogging? It can open a world of fun fitness to almost everyone. Chris Heuisler of the Knob Creek Jogging Club talks about how a simple word shift transformed the lives of hundreds of bartenders.

In this fun and inspiring episode, we explore:

  • Why the word “jogging” made all the difference in getting non-runners to get onboard
  • How runners’ serious attitudes to the sport can actually be limiting
  • How being more inclusive can increase enjoyment and longevity

And Chris also gets Coach Claire to open up a little bit about her running story and how she finds joy as a coach. You don’t want to miss this one!

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This week’s show brought to you by:

Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

Supplementing with magnesium before you go to bed has been shown in scientific studies to…

  • Increase in muscle oxygenation during high intensity exercise
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Significantly improve sleep quality
  • Improve aerobic exercise capacity when training.

When you’re looking for a magnesium supplement, make sure you take one that is organic and has all 7 unique forms of magnesium. 

My recommendation is Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers because it’s made with the highest quality, organic magnesium and contains all 7 critical forms. Most other magnesium supplements are synthetic and only contain one or two forms of magnesium, which is simply not enough.

For an exclusive offer go to magbreakthrough.com/runtothetop and use code run10 to save 10% when you try Magnesium Breakthrough. Plus, they offer a full refund up to one year after your purchase, no questions asked.

MetPro

This podcast is brought to you by MetPro, world-renowned concierge nutrition, fitness & lifestyle coaching company. 

Using Metabolic Profiling, MetPro team of experts analyzes your metabolism and provides an individualized approach to obtaining your goals. 

MetPro analyzes your individual metabolism to get a baseline to see exactly how your body is responding against a very specific set of variables. This means no cookie-cutter diets or formulas.

Your MetPro coach then works with you to consistently make adjustments based on your metabolic data as well as how your plan fits your lifestyle. MetPro’s coaches are not only educated experts in their field, but they’re empathetic that people have demanding schedules and often stressful lives. They will work one-on-one with you to identify the best nutrition and fitness strategy that is going to work for your personal goals and lifestyle needs.

Run to the Top listeners receive a complimentary Metabolic Profiling assessment and a 30-minute consultation with a MetPro expert. To claim this offer head to metpro.co/rttt

May 4, 2022

Side stitches affect up to 70% of all runners.  If you’ve ever suffered from a sharp, shooting pain in your side in the middle of your run, you know how awful it is.

On today’s Run to the Top Podcast, we go into the science of side stitches. You’ll learn:

  • which runners are most susceptible to them
  • what you can do to prevent them, and
  • how to deal with a side stitch on the run

This will be a super helpful episode if you’ve ever suffered from side stitches or if you never want to.

And we know that it’s getting hot out there for a lot of you runners in the northern hemisphere. Make  sure that you know exactly how much the heat will affect your runs and how to adjust your paces to make sure you are getting the most out of your workout. Download our FREE temperature calculator that you can use all summer long.  

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This week’s show brought to you by:

Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

Supplementing with magnesium before you go to bed has been shown in scientific studies to…

  • Increase in muscle oxygenation during high intensity exercise
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Significantly improve sleep quality
  • Improve aerobic exercise capacity when training.

When you’re looking for a magnesium supplement, make sure you take one that is organic and has all 7 unique forms of magnesium. 

My recommendation is Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers because it’s made with the highest quality, organic magnesium and contains all 7 critical forms. Most other magnesium supplements are synthetic and only contain one or two forms of magnesium, which is simply not enough.

For an exclusive offer go to magbreakthrough.com/runtothetop and use code run10 to save 10% when you try Magnesium Breakthrough. Plus, they offer a full refund up to one year after your purchase, no questions asked.

LMNT

When coaching endurance runners of all levels to be their best, I always emphasize the need for proper hydration with the right balance of electrolytes. Most athletes I’ve coached are surprised to learn that their sodium needs are actually much higher than they expected and it’s been hurting their performance. 

Part of the reason athletes need much more sodium than they think is not just because they lose electrolytes through their sweat, but also because athletes tend to eat very healthy diets. They’ve been told that salt is a bad thing in food and frequently don’t get enough for their lifestyle. 

Much of the science of sodium is based on people who eat highly processed diets which also are very low in potassium. It could actually be the low potassium levels causing the issues that sodium has been blamed for! 

What is clear is that both sodium and potassium at the proper levels are essential for high performance (and for life in general!). 

That's why we partnered with LMNT to offer a free sample pack of their electrolyte mix.

Head to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect to get yours now. The Sample Pack includes 8 packets of LMNT (2 citrus, 2 raspberry, 2 orange, and 2 raw unflavored).

Apr 27, 2022

Do you train your brain as hard as you train your body? World-renowned expert on performance, Olympic-level coach, author and podcast host Steve Magness is our special guest on the Run to the Top and he can teach us how.

You’ll learn:

  • How the stereotypical view of mental toughness has changed for the better
  • What mental techniques elite runners use in their training, and
  • How you can use the four pillars of toughness to maximize your own training.

If you’ve ever struggled mentally during a run (that’s everyone!), this is a can’t miss episode!

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This week’s show brought to you by:

Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

Supplementing with magnesium before you go to bed has been shown in scientific studies to…

  • Increase in muscle oxygenation during high intensity exercise
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Significantly improve sleep quality
  • Improve aerobic exercise capacity when training.

When you’re looking for a magnesium supplement, make sure you take one that is organic and has all 7 unique forms of magnesium. 

My recommendation is Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers because it’s made with the highest quality, organic magnesium and contains all 7 critical forms. Most other magnesium supplements are synthetic and only contain one or two forms of magnesium, which is simply not enough.

For an exclusive offer go to magbreakthrough.com/runtothetop and use code run10 to save 10% when you try Magnesium Breakthrough. Plus, they offer a full refund up to one year after your purchase, no questions asked.

MetPro

This podcast is brought to you by MetPro, world-renowned concierge nutrition, fitness & lifestyle coaching company. 

Using Metabolic Profiling, MetPro team of experts analyzes your metabolism and provides an individualized approach to obtaining your goals. 

MetPro analyzes your individual metabolism to get a baseline to see exactly how your body is responding against a very specific set of variables. This means no cookie-cutter diets or formulas.

Your MetPro coach then works with you to consistently make adjustments based on your metabolic data as well as how your plan fits your lifestyle. MetPro’s coaches are not only educated experts in their field, but they’re empathetic that people have demanding schedules and often stressful lives. They will work one-on-one with you to identify the best nutrition and fitness strategy that is going to work for your personal goals and lifestyle needs.

Run to the Top listeners receive a complimentary Metabolic Profiling assessment and a 30-minute consultation with a MetPro expert. To claim this offer head to metpro.co/rttt

Apr 20, 2022

Are you stuck in a metabolic plateau? We run, eat less, maybe lose some weight, plateau, run more, eat less. The weight stays the same (or goes up!), but the belly or the thighs or the arms even get softer. What ends up happening is that the body fat stays stubbornly put but muscle growth stops or even reverses.

More running and more calorie restriction aren’t the answer. It’s incredibly frustrating. But there is hope.

Angelo Poli can shed some light on the mystery of metabolism. Angelo Poli is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness expert. He has helped transform the bodies of some incredibly high profile clients from Olympians, NFL stars, MVPs and more.  He’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, Sports Illustrated and more, explaining the science of metabolism and the keys to fat loss and muscle gain.

You’ll learn:

  • Why calories in and out don’t tell the whole story
  • What to do when our bodies adapt to the food we eat
  • How to eat to fuel our best performance while also shedding extra weight if needed

This is a fascinating discussion, not on how  to “diet,” but how to train your metabolism to be its best!

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This week’s show brought to you by:

LMNT

When coaching endurance runners of all levels to be their best, I always emphasize the need for proper hydration with the right balance of electrolytes. Most athletes I’ve coached are surprised to learn that their sodium needs are actually much higher than they expected and it’s been hurting their performance. 

Part of the reason athletes need much more sodium than they think is not just because they lose electrolytes through their sweat, but also because athletes tend to eat very healthy diets. They’ve been told that salt is a bad thing in food and frequently don’t get enough for their lifestyle. 

Much of the science of sodium is based on people who eat highly processed diets which also are very low in potassium. It could actually be the low potassium levels causing the issues that sodium has been blamed for! 

What is clear is that both sodium and potassium at the proper levels are essential for high performance (and for life in general!). 

That's why we partnered with LMNT to offer a free sample pack of their electrolyte mix.

Head to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect to get yours now. The Sample Pack includes 8 packets of LMNT (2 citrus, 2 raspberry, 2 orange, and 2 raw unflavored).

Therabody’s RecoveryAir JetBoots

RecoveryAir JetBoots are the world’s most advanced pneumatic compression system ever created. In short, what this means is that RecoveryAir flushes out metabolic waste post run or workout using the science of pressure massage.  

With Therabody’s exclusive FastFlush technology, RecoveryAir flushes out metabolic waste more fully and brings back fresh blood to your legs at three times the speed of competitors. Faster cycles means faster recovery, so you don’t have to wait for legs to feel great. 

Therabody’s RecoveryAir JetBoots are the first of its kind. They’re truly wireless for anywhere, on-the-go recovery, boosting circulation and radically reducing muscle soreness.   

If you’re interested in experiencing the recovery power of Jetboots, go to therabody.com/rttt to get your Therabody RecoveryAir today, starting at just $699, or as low as $59 a month with Affirm. 

Plus, with RecoveryAir’s 60-day money back guarantee and free shipping, there’s no risk.  

Apr 13, 2022

The beauty of following a pace group is that you don’t have to race alone. You’ll not only have a more experienced runner leading you to your dream finish time, but likely, you’ll have a whole group of people trying for the exact same thing. You can relax, keep your eyes off your watch, and ride the pace group wave all the way to a new personal record.

Or maybe not…

On today’s Run to the Top Podcast, I’m going to explore the pros and cons of pace groups.  You’ll learn:

  • how to determine if a pace group is right for you
  • what questions to ask the group leader, and
  • when not to follow a pace group

If you are thinking about following a pace group in your next race, listen to this first!

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AG 1

Ask yourself - do you get enough green veggies each day?

I'll admit, I don't. It's tough to fit all of those greens in with an active and busy lifestyle.

But getting in your fruits + veggies is SO crucial as a distance runner for recovery, digestion, and optimal performance.

That's where Athletic Greens is a gamechanger. One scoop has 75 bioavailable vitamins, minerals, and whole food-sourced ingredients including a multivitamin, multimineral, probiotic, green superfood blend, and more.

That means fewer stomach issues, more focus and energy throughout the day (because the workday matters just as much as the morning run), and overall ... just feeling healthier.

Look, if you're struggling to get those fruits + veggies in - or if you keep buying them but they always go bad in the fridge - Athletic Greens will make getting those micronutrients simple and delicious.

Get 5 BONUS travel packs and a year's supply of Vitamin D when you order at athleticgreens.com/rttt. Get yours now!

Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

Supplementing with magnesium before you go to bed has been shown in scientific studies to…

  • Increase in muscle oxygenation during high intensity exercise
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Significantly improve sleep quality
  • Improve aerobic exercise capacity when training.

When you’re looking for a magnesium supplement, make sure you take one that is organic and has all 7 unique forms of magnesium. 

My recommendation is Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers because it’s made with the highest quality, organic magnesium and contains all 7 critical forms. Most other magnesium supplements are synthetic and only contain one or two forms of magnesium, which is simply not enough.

For an exclusive offer go to magbreakthrough.com/runtothetop and use code run10 to save 10% when you try Magnesium Breakthrough. Plus, they offer a full refund up to one year after your purchase, no questions asked.

Apr 6, 2022

Last January in Houston, Fiona O’Keefe crossed the finish line in 1:07:42, making her half marathon debut the fastest ever by an American woman. At age 23, this young runner has an incredibly bright future.

Fiona specializes in the 10k and the 5k right now and--fun fact--she accidentally broke her 10k PR in the middle of her record breaking half.

Coach Claire asks Fiona about her incredible day in Houston, what her favorite workouts are to prepare, and how she handles good and bad days mentally.  

And then we talk about the REAL reason we wanted to have her on the Run to the Top today. We are thrilled to announce that Fiona is joining our team of expert coaches here at Runners Connect.  

Learn about her coaching style and what she plans to bring to the table to help each and every RunnersConnect athlete discover their very best!

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This week’s show brought to you by:

Inside Tracker

Inside Tracker is the ultimate resource for runners who want to optimize their health and nutrition.

Using their patented algorithm, InsideTracker analyzes your body’s data to provide you with a clear picture of what's going on inside you. Then, they offer you science-backed recommendations for positive diet and lifestyle changes. 

Next, InsideTracker tracks your progress every day and adjusts based on real-time feedback from your body.

The best part is that you can do it all from home and it isn’t expensive. Plus, for a limited-time you can get 25% off any InsideTracker plan or service when you use the code RTTTPRO25 . 

Just head to https://runnersconnect.net/insidetracker and use the code RTTTPRO25 for 25% off.

Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

Supplementing with magnesium before you go to bed has been shown in scientific studies to…

  • Increase in muscle oxygenation during high intensity exercise
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Significantly improve sleep quality
  • Improve aerobic exercise capacity when training.

When you’re looking for a magnesium supplement, make sure you take one that is organic and has all 7 unique forms of magnesium. 

My recommendation is Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers because it’s made with the highest quality, organic magnesium and contains all 7 critical forms. Most other magnesium supplements are synthetic and only contain one or two forms of magnesium, which is simply not enough.

For an exclusive offer go to magbreakthrough.com/runtothetop and use code run10 to save 10% when you try Magnesium Breakthrough. Plus, they offer a full refund up to one year after your purchase, no questions asked.

Mar 30, 2022

After her husband was killed in Afghanistan and the terrorist bombs at the Boston Marathon went off in front of her, Linda Ambard vowed not to let terrorism take any more from her. As of this year, Linda has run 220 marathons, with at least one in every state and one on each of the seven continents.

Linda’s story is about more than just survival.  It’s about learning to thrive no matter what life gives you. Her running accomplishments are nothing short of amazing, but it’s her perseverance that resonates most with me.

Coach Claire asks her about her incredible story, the naysayers who say she’s running too much, and how she trains and recovers to run so many marathons so often.

Linda is deeply positive and inspiring so if you need a little lift in your steps today, this is the story that will do it.

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This week’s show brought to you by:

Inside Tracker

Inside Tracker is the ultimate resource for runners who want to optimize their health and nutrition.

Using their patented algorithm, InsideTracker analyzes your body’s data to provide you with a clear picture of what's going on inside you. Then, they offer you science-backed recommendations for positive diet and lifestyle changes. 

Next, InsideTracker tracks your progress every day and adjusts based on real-time feedback from your body.

The best part is that you can do it all from home and it isn’t expensive. Plus, for a limited-time you can get 25% off any InsideTracker plan or service when you use the code RTTTPRO25 . 

Just head to https://runnersconnect.net/insidetracker and use the code RTTTPRO25 for 25% off.

Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

Supplementing with magnesium before you go to bed has been shown in scientific studies to…

  • Increase in muscle oxygenation during high intensity exercise
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Significantly improve sleep quality
  • Improve aerobic exercise capacity when training.

When you’re looking for a magnesium supplement, make sure you take one that is organic and has all 7 unique forms of magnesium. 

My recommendation is Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers because it’s made with the highest quality, organic magnesium and contains all 7 critical forms. Most other magnesium supplements are synthetic and only contain one or two forms of magnesium, which is simply not enough.

For an exclusive offer go to magbreakthrough.com/runtothetop and use code run10 to save 10% when you try Magnesium Breakthrough. Plus, they offer a full refund up to one year after your purchase, no questions asked.

Mar 23, 2022

Plant-based athletes are everywhere these days. But can a plant-based diet really be a performance booster for your running? What are the pros and cons of a plant based diet for runners?

On today’s Run to the Top Podcast, we’ll going to go over

  • the benefits that a plant-based diet provides runners
  • the potential downsides to going plant-based, and we’ll give you 
  • a day in the life of a vegan runner with meal examples that you can try today

If you’re a plant-based runner already or just “plant-curious,” this evidence-based episode is one you won’t want to miss!

Download our FREE Super Simple Plant Based Plate for Runners! No measuring, weighing, counting calories or macros!

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This week’s show brought to you by:

Inside Tracker

Inside Tracker is the ultimate resource for runners who want to optimize their health and nutrition.

Using their patented algorithm, InsideTracker analyzes your body’s data to provide you with a clear picture of what's going on inside you. Then, they offer you science-backed recommendations for positive diet and lifestyle changes. 

Next, InsideTracker tracks your progress every day and adjusts based on real-time feedback from your body.

The best part is that you can do it all from home and it isn’t expensive. Plus, for a limited-time you can get 25% off any InsideTracker plan or service when you use the code RTTTPRO25 . 

Just head to https://runnersconnect.net/insidetracker and use the code RTTTPRO25 for 25% off.

LMNT

When coaching endurance runners of all levels to be their best, I always emphasize the need for proper hydration with the right balance of electrolytes. Most athletes I’ve coached are surprised to learn that their sodium needs are actually much higher than they expected and it’s been hurting their performance. 

Part of the reason athletes need much more sodium than they think is not just because they lose electrolytes through their sweat, but also because athletes tend to eat very healthy diets. They’ve been told that salt is a bad thing in food and frequently don’t get enough for their lifestyle. 

Much of the science of sodium is based on people who eat highly processed diets which also are very low in potassium. It could actually be the low potassium levels causing the issues that sodium has been blamed for! 

What is clear is that both sodium and potassium at the proper levels are essential for high performance (and for life in general!). 

That's why we partnered with LMNT to offer a free sample pack of their electrolyte mix.

Head to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect to get yours now. The Sample Pack includes 8 packets of LMNT (2 citrus, 2 raspberry, 2 orange, and 2 raw unflavored).

Mar 16, 2022

For the first time in history, just over 50% of all races are run by women.  

While women are leading in the number of participants, research on women in sport is still stubbornly behind the guys’. We know that women and men perform differently, carry and use fat differently, as well as react to pain differently. Typically, men are bigger, stronger, and faster, until you get to the ultra distance, where women can actually break the tape first.

On today’s Run to the Top, Dr Megan Roche, 5-time national trail champion and Stanford researcher explores the science behind the biological differences between men and women in endurance running.  

And this is not just a show for the women runners. Guys, you’ll want to listen up as well if you want to know why the women are getting better and better.

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This week’s show brought to you by:

Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

Supplementing with magnesium before you go to bed has been shown in scientific studies to…

  • Increase in muscle oxygenation during high intensity exercise
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Significantly improve sleep quality
  • Improve aerobic exercise capacity when training.

When you’re looking for a magnesium supplement, make sure you take one that is organic and has all 7 unique forms of magnesium. 

My recommendation is Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers because it’s made with the highest quality, organic magnesium and contains all 7 critical forms. Most other magnesium supplements are synthetic and only contain one or two forms of magnesium, which is simply not enough.

For an exclusive offer go to magbreakthrough.com/runtothetop and use code run10 to save 10% when you try Magnesium Breakthrough. Plus, they offer a full refund up to one year after your purchase, no questions asked.

AG 1

Ask yourself - do you get enough green veggies each day?

I'll admit, I don't. It's tough to fit all of those greens in with an active and busy lifestyle.

But getting in your fruits + veggies is SO crucial as a distance runner for recovery, digestion, and optimal performance.

That's where Athletic Greens is a gamechanger. One scoop has 75 bioavailable vitamins, minerals, and whole food-sourced ingredients including a multivitamin, multimineral, probiotic, green superfood blend, and more.

That means fewer stomach issues, more focus and energy throughout the day (because the workday matters just as much as the morning run), and overall ... just feeling healthier.

Look, if you're struggling to get those fruits + veggies in - or if you keep buying them but they always go bad in the fridge - Athletic Greens will make getting those micronutrients simple and delicious.

Get 5 BONUS travel packs and a year's supply of Vitamin D when you order at athleticgreens.com/rttt. Get yours now!

Mar 9, 2022

Have you ever gotten a DNF? Sometimes quitting in the middle of a race is undoubtedly the right thing to do. Other times, you will be full of regret when you do. Either way, it will sting for a while.

On today’s Run to the Top Podcast, Coach Claire talks about the dreaded DNF. She speaks from personal experience on this one, because she’s been there. She’ll go over:

  • when it’s a really good idea to stop a race, 
  • when you should probably push on try to finish, and 
  • how to get over a DNF and get back to better racing in the future.

If you’ve ever DNFd or if you haven’t (yet!), preparing yourself for how to manage now while help you make a better decision on race day!

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This week’s show brought to you by:

Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

Supplementing with magnesium before you go to bed has been shown in scientific studies to…

  • Increase in muscle oxygenation during high intensity exercise
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Significantly improve sleep quality
  • Improve aerobic exercise capacity when training.

When you’re looking for a magnesium supplement, make sure you take one that is organic and has all 7 unique forms of magnesium. 

My recommendation is Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers because it’s made with the highest quality, organic magnesium and contains all 7 critical forms. Most other magnesium supplements are synthetic and only contain one or two forms of magnesium, which is simply not enough.

For an exclusive offer go to magbreakthrough.com/runtothetop and use code run10 to save 10% when you try Magnesium Breakthrough. Plus, they offer a full refund up to one year after your purchase, no questions asked.

LMNT

When coaching endurance runners of all levels to be their best, I always emphasize the need for proper hydration with the right balance of electrolytes.  Most athletes I’ve coached are surprised to learn that their sodium needs are actually much higher than they expected and it’s been hurting their performance. 

Part of the reason athletes need much more sodium than they think is not just because they lose electrolytes through their sweat, but also because athletes tend to eat very healthy diets. They’ve been told that salt is a bad thing in food and frequently don’t get enough for their lifestyle. 

Much of the science of sodium is based on people who eat highly processed diets which also are very low in potassium. It could actually be the low potassium levels causing the issues that sodium has been blamed for! 

What is clear is that both sodium and potassium at the proper levels are essential for high performance (and for life in general!). 

That's why we partnered with LMNT to offer a free sample pack of their electrolyte mix.

Head to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect to get yours now. The Sample Pack includes 8 packets of LMNT (2 citrus, 2 raspberry, 2 orange, and 2 raw unflavored).

Mar 2, 2022

Recovery can be a tricky balance for a runner. In order to train well, we sometimes have to train tired and under-recovered. But if we dig ourselves too deep into a hole of stressful training, it might be something that takes days, weeks, or even months to climb out of.

That’s why having cycles of stress and rest over your day, your weeks, your months and even your years can be so beneficial for your long term sustainability in running.

Coach Sara Manderscheid joins Coach Claire to talk about recovery techniques that you can incorporate into your training today to help you recover better, train smarter, and run faster than ever this year!

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This week’s show brought to you by:

Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

Supplementing with magnesium before you go to bed has been shown in scientific studies to…

  • Increase in muscle oxygenation during high intensity exercise
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Significantly improve sleep quality
  • Improve aerobic exercise capacity when training.

When you’re looking for a magnesium supplement, make sure you take one that is organic and has all 7 unique forms of magnesium. 

My recommendation is Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers because it’s made with the highest quality, organic magnesium and contains all 7 critical forms. Most other magnesium supplements are synthetic and only contain one or two forms of magnesium, which is simply not enough.

For an exclusive offer go to magbreakthrough.com/runtothetop and use code run10 to save 10% when you try Magnesium Breakthrough. Plus, they offer a full refund up to one year after your purchase, no questions asked.

AG 1

Ask yourself - do you get enough green veggies each day?

I'll admit, I don't. It's tough to fit all of those greens in with an active and busy lifestyle.

But getting in your fruits + veggies is SO crucial as a distance runner for recovery, digestion, and optimal performance.

That's where Athletic Greens is a gamechanger. One scoop has 75 bioavailable vitamins, minerals, and whole food-sourced ingredients including a multivitamin, multimineral, probiotic, green superfood blend, and more.

That means fewer stomach issues, more focus and energy throughout the day (because the workday matters just as much as the morning run), and overall ... just feeling healthier.

Look, if you're struggling to get those fruits + veggies in - or if you keep buying them but they always go bad in the fridge - Athletic Greens will make getting those micronutrients simple and delicious.

Get 5 BONUS travel packs and a year's supply of Vitamin D when you order at athleticgreens.com/rttt. Get yours now!

Feb 25, 2022

If you’ve been running for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of the term “running cadence”. You may have even tried to improve yours.

However, is it possible you’re falling victim to one of the many myths about running cadence? 

On this episode of Run to the Top Podcast, we’re going to explore your running cadence, including…

  • why focusing on your cadence can be an important tool for gaining speed with lower injury risk,
  • some myths about the ideal cadence for runners, and I’ll explain
  • a few techniques for improving your cadence to help you get faster quicker

Definitely a must listen if you’re a beginner who knows nothing about cadence or if you’re a veteran who may be making many of the common mistakes with cadence.

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This week’s show brought to you by:

AG 1

Ask yourself - do you get enough green veggies each day?

I'll admit, I don't. It's tough to fit all of those greens in with an active and busy lifestyle.

But getting in your fruits + veggies is SO crucial as a distance runner for recovery, digestion, and optimal performance.

That's where Athletic Greens is a gamechanger. One scoop has 75 bioavailable vitamins, minerals, and whole food-sourced ingredients including a multivitamin, multimineral, probiotic, green superfood blend, and more.

That means fewer stomach issues, more focus and energy throughout the day (because the workday matters just as much as the morning run), and overall ... just feeling healthier.

Look, if you're struggling to get those fruits + veggies in - or if you keep buying them but they always go bad in the fridge - Athletic Greens will make getting those micronutrients simple and delicious.

Get 5 BONUS travel packs and a year's supply of Vitamin D when you order at athleticgreens.com/rttt. Get yours now!

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